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Jun 12th, 2009, 03:14 PM
i think it is the first time you hear about "Samanu" or "Samanoo".
it is a traditional and very old dessert in Iran.more than old and traditional it is hard to cook but delicious!I've never seen any one here who doesn't like samanoo!if it is the first time that you are going to make samanoo i don't think it will be something good!because it needs many time to spend to learn how to cook it.it is almost as hard as brewering home beer for a begginer at first.but it's tast worth it!i promise you!
the intresting thing about samanoo is that you only need weath to make it!! some people also use penut and almond in it
in finland there is also something named Mammi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A4mmi) which is very simillar to samanu.
step one : first put the a chiken's leg in flour . . .(he he just kidding:D)
Ingredients: (4 servings)

wheat, 500 grams
wheat flour, 2 kg


Samanoo is usually made at the Iranian new year (starts on the first day of spring: 20 or 21 March).
Wash wheat with cold water, then rinse. Add cold water until there is 2-3 cm of water over the wheat. Leave for about two days, changing the water after the first day. The wheat should begin to germinate. Rinse thoroughly.
Hold a thin piece of cloth under cold water until it is completely wet. Pour wheat inside and wrap the cloth around it. Place it in a bowl and leave the bowl in a warm place. Once or twice a day, sprinkle a bit of cold water over the cloth to make it wet but not soggy.
When roots appear, spread wheat on a large plate, then spread the cloth over it and sprinkle with water. Continue sprinkling with water once or twice a day until silvery sprouts appear. Wheat should be used before the sprouts turn green.
Grind the wheat, add two glasses of cold water, and mix well. Filter out the excess water. Press the wheat hard to squeeze out the extract. Add wheat extract to flour while mixing. The mix should become thin.
Place the mix over medium heat, stirring frequently until the mix starts boiling and thickens. Continue heating until water disappears. Fry the mix without any oil or sugar for about 10-15 minutes.
Gradually add 1-2 glasses of hot water and mix well. Allow to boil slowly, stirring occasionally until the mix slightly thickens. Place in the oven for about 30 minutes at low temperature.

boiling samanoo :



Jun 12th, 2009, 03:15 PM
this is what a sweet samanoo should look like at the end :


samanu page in wikipedia!

good luck!:cool:

Jun 12th, 2009, 03:16 PM

Jun 12th, 2009, 03:17 PM

Lord Perennialist
Jun 12th, 2009, 03:22 PM
Wow... looks tasty!
I want to try some. But the preparation sounds lengthy and difficult and complicated. Knowing me, I'd forget a step or two, or three! :D

Thanks for sharing!

Jun 12th, 2009, 08:43 PM
But the preparation sounds lengthy and difficult and complicated
yes but i'm sure it worth it and you'll like it!because it's just so sweet!
how about sending me tufo and i'll send you samanoo?:DLOL

p.s. if you come in iran or Tajikistan at the last days of winter or first week of spring,you can find samanoo in stores to buy!however,99%of samanoo s are home made.

Jun 12th, 2009, 08:48 PM
Wow. That looks good. I'd love to try it, but I suspect if I tried to make it, it wouldn't come out looking like that!

Lord Perennialist
Jun 12th, 2009, 08:54 PM
how about sending me tufo and i'll send you samanoo?:DLOL

Well it's a deal! :D Except I'm sure the samanoo would go bad in the mail, and wouldn't you get in trouble for possessing tofu?

Jun 12th, 2009, 10:04 PM
Wow. That looks good. I'd love to try it, but I suspect if I tried to make it, it wouldn't come out looking like that!
don't get upset if it taste like grease at first time!i could n't cook it at first time!:D